As I’ve shared, Mary is a daredevil and everyday there is a new bump on her head or bruise on her cheek because she falls – a lot! As she is learning to walk I anticipate there to be some falls – but I worry when a bump on the head could really be more.
In my work at Dayton Children’s we talk a lot about the seriousness of concussions and while I can’t imagine Mary getting a concussion from simply falling there are times that a bonk on the head can warrent medical attention.
Luckily – we have some guidelines that are helpful in knowing if a bonk is really serious. Here are symptoms to watch for that indicate the need for medical attention:
- Unusual sleepiness
- Memory loss, confusion or troup concentrating
- Changes in personality
- Increasing headache
- Stiff neck
- Nausea or voming
- Bleeding or clear drainage from the nose or ears
- Trouble hearing
- Dizziness, blurred or double vision, or unequal pupil size
- Weakness, numbness or tingling of the arms and legs
If your little one (or big one) exhibits any of these signs after a bump on the head call a doctor for follow-up!